Historic Markers Across Florida

North Ocean Boulevard

Marker ID: FLHM F-490
Location: North Ocean Boulevard Paid Advertisement Click on the ad for more information. Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor. (Florida Route A1A) and Sea Rd, Delray Beach,FL
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 30.005    W 080° 3.182
  26.50008333    -80.05303333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4085


North Ocean Boulevard

In 1992 North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A) in the Town of Gulf Stream was designated as a State Historic Scenic Highway to preserve the last remaining Australian pine canopy and the original character and beauty of the 1920s A1A in Florida. State Road A1A through Gulf Stream is one of the earliest, most scenic and most important north-south highways in Palm Beach County and was officially opened in 1916 in this area. In the 1920s, Australian pines were planted on both sides of the road in South Florida, up to the freeze line, to act as a windbreak. Being a fast growing species, a canopy over A1A soon developed, adding greatly to the beauty, charm and character of the area. This canopy has been destroyed with the exception of that remaining in Gulf Stream. Ironically, Australian pines are now too prolific and are not as welcomed in some areas as they once were. Yet the Town has protected the canopy and has obtained authority from the State to restore it, which is gradually being accomplished.

A Florida Heritage Site
Sponsored by the Town of Gulf Stream
and the Florida Department of State


City: Gulf Stream, FL